The aftermath: Coach Smith explains decision to punt

Falcons head coach Mike Smith screams at an official after a first down catch by Roddy White was called back by a penalty, killing a Falcons drive during 1st half action against the Saints. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

Falcons head coach Mike Smith screams at an official after a first down catch by Roddy White was called back by a penalty, killing a Falcons drive during 1st half action against the Saints. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

Falcons coach Mike Smith was gracious in his post-game media session.

He gave the Saints credit for shutting down the offense and explained his fourth quarter decision to give the ball back to the Saints so they could basically run the clock out.

Here’s what he had to say:


OPENING STATEMENT: “I thought it was a very hard fought ballgame tonight. It was two pretty good football teams playing against each other. I liked the preparation throughout the week; we just didn’t get the outcome that we wanted. Defensively, I thought we had a good plan and executed it; we just didn’t make some plays. We left some plays out there. We did some things very uncharacteristic in terms of turnovers in the ballgame. We’ll regroup, we’ll get back together, and we’ll put this one behind us. Again, we still like where we’re at, I can assure you of that. We’ve got to get this one behind us as quick as possible and move on to the Carolina Panthers.”

ON THE OFFENSE’S JAGGED PERFORMANCE: “I’ll credit New Orleans, they did some good things today. We were not very efficient on third down which is something we have been very good at all season. We have not been turning the football over and we had two uncharacteristic turnovers that I think were critical in the game. They did a nice job in defending us. It wasn’t our best effort and a lot of it has to do with the way that we played. “

ON THE DECISION TO PUNT: “Definitely thought it was the right thing to do. It was fourth down and six with the ball out their 38, 39-yard line maybe even a little bit further out. But on fourth and six we felt like the way that we’d been playing defensively and we had two timeouts and we hopefully could wrap one around the two-minute warning. Unfortunately, we didn’t get it done there at the end.”

ON WHETHER THE DEFENSE GOT TIRED: “I don’t believe so. We didn’t execute very well on that one drive. The other score was a short field after a turnover and I thought we kept our rotation like we wanted to. They made the plays. It’s the typical game when these two teams meet, since I’ve been here, there’s only been one game that hasn’t been at eight points or less. Most of them are at two or three or four point games.”

ON THE NO-HUDDLE: “We moved the ball down in the no-huddle. Again, we felt like it was in our best interest to get back in and huddle. What they were doing in the no-huddle was the same thing they were doing defending us when we were huddling. We felt that it was the right thing to do at that point in time at the game.”

ON THE PRESSURE ON BREES: “I think we had a very good plan in terms of getting pressure on the quarterback. I think we left a number of plays out there in terms of getting QB Drew (Brees) on the ground. He did a good job extending plays. It was a well-designed game plan and I thought the guys went out and executed it. We just did not always finish the plays. You can see why Drew Brees is a Pro Bowl player in terms of being able to extend plays. He was able to do that tonight.”

ON REGROUPING: “We’ll put this one behind us as quick as possible. The outcome we didn’t get tonight, but we still like where we’re at I can assure you that. I think there’s probably 15 teams that would want to trade with us so I like where we’re at. We didn’t get the outcome. I’m disappointed but not discouraged because there was some really good football played out there tonight by both football teams.”

ON RYAN’S PLAY: “Until I watch the tape I’m not going to make an evaluation. I know we weren’t as efficient on third down like we have been. We’ve been a very good third down football team. We didn’t run the ball statistically. Again, until I watch the tape I’m not going to make any statements about how our guys played. I know they played hard tonight and it was a hard fought football game. That’s two good football teams going at it, slugging it out and they were the better team tonight. My hat’s off to Head Coach Sean (Payton) and his staff.”

ON WHETHER HE’S CONCERNED ABOUT THE RUN GAME: “No, not at all. We didn’t get the yards that we would have liked to tonight. It wasn’t as efficient, but this is a football team that at the core of what we do is running the football. We will always be a team that’s going to run it. We just didn’t do it very well tonight. Again, you have to talk about the whole body of work. We’re talking about one night, but this is a good football team. There’s a bunch of guys in there that are disappointed but not discouraged. We’ll put this behind us and move on.”

–D. Orlando Ledbetter

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ray anderson

December 28th, 2010
1:59 am

wonder what if Turner didnt fumble at the goal line.

Head-Mo-Fo

December 28th, 2010
2:02 am

Sometimes a little blood in your mouth isn’t a bad thing. When we dropped the game to Philly early this year we went on a terror up until tonight against the Saints. If we were going to lose a game prior to the playoffs I would much rather lose this one to keep us focused on what other teams will do against us in the playoffs all while keeping us hungry/humble after a loss at home.

People are constantly saying that we (The Falcons) don’t get media respect. The media expects us to be one and done in the playoffs. Now that we have this recent loss we can forget all about having people respect us and go out and win games. If you want respect you have to earn it….

We will have an opportunity to make it to the big stage this year in Dallas. This loss gives us a blue print on what we need to improve upon going forward.

Falcons Rise Up!!!!

Turnerfumbled!!!

December 28th, 2010
2:04 am

Was at the game. Disappointed, but it was still a fun game to watch. Biggest play in my mind was the Turner fumble. He had nothing and should have just taken the no gain. Groan. Disagree with Coach Mike — should have gone for it on the fourth down…

Martin

December 28th, 2010
2:04 am

Hate to say I told you so, payback is a mother. You falcants fans keep with your bs talk like your team has won a super bowl. Holler at me when you have that vince Lombardi trophy attached to your team’s name. The champs know how to play on the big stage, the falcants are not yet ready for primetime.

Dawgfan0711

December 28th, 2010
2:09 am

Defense played great, offense struggled badly. But coach smith is right, this is one game and if you look at the body of work, it’s pretty good. I like our chances, we will beat the panthers and secure home field and no one is looking forward to coming into the Georgia dome in the playoffs. Go falcons!

Reid Adair

December 28th, 2010
2:12 am

I would like to have heard his thoughts on the offsetting pass interference (what a joke) and the horrible spot on the third-down play on the Saints’ final drive.

Bottom line … the Falcons have to put this one behind them. The division title, the No. 1 seed in the NFC, the first-round bye and home-field advantage are all theirs with a win over Carolina.

Reid Adair

December 28th, 2010
2:13 am

“Martin,” your players stomped on the Falcons’ logo and took pictures at midfield after the game. Funny for the defending Super Bowl champs to be celebrating a wild-card berth in the playoffs and no home games.

Dawgfan0711

December 28th, 2010
2:15 am

Martin is a dumb as*. To get to the super bowl, you will still come through Atlanta. The saints had a great year and deserve respect after winning the super bowl. But let’s not forget that you won it last year which has nothing to do with this year. We did win in there house this year. Your not the pats or steelers, you have one super bowl victory. After this year, we may have one to match.

fedup

December 28th, 2010
2:21 am

smitty — need to grow some b— , again as last year instead of going for it he give the ball of , when the game is on the line……in no , last yr gave them back the ball in a little over 2 min………cmon man u don’t put the ball back in their hands , end results as before ………..what a egg head

lowdownjj

December 28th, 2010
2:22 am

Sure ,Martin, I suppose we’d really have to run 16 straight in order to make a statement, huh? Very uncharacteristic play from our Birds tonight. I love the distance we’ve traveled in the last 3 years! I for one am still enjoying the ride. Win the rest and we can fast forward over this game in the ‘10 NFL Film season review.Looks like that final game I will be attending now has significance.

kaminari

December 28th, 2010
2:35 am

This bites. I couldn’t see the second half cause of work, but followed on my phone. When I saw Turner gaining zero yards and gametracker paused a long time, I thought ‘fumble’. I guess what goes around comes around, cause I was thinking of our own goal-line strip awhile back. I’m not talking smack anymore. Saints beat us fair and square and were the better team on the field today. Let’s put it behind us and whip Carolina next week. Congrats Saints fans. If your team is really that good, you’ll be welcome to visit our house one more time for some good ‘ol Southern payback. Falcons fans rise up!

Bart's Boy

December 28th, 2010
2:42 am

This guy (Mike Smith) needs to be running for political office — not attempting to coach a football team. All that drivel and he has yet to address a single issue. If I were the owner of this team, I’d offer Sean Payton 20 million a year to come and lead these Falcons. A lot of lost souls seem to think Coach is saving all his offense for the Super Bowl. What Super Bowl?? The Saints play all out offense all of the time, every play of every game, all of the time!! Where did that approach ever get them? Oh yeah. Winners of the Super Bowl. If the Falcons want to run the most boring offense, perhaps in the history of football, go one and done in the playoffs — then so be it. We are a running football team. Good luck, man. You are attempting to compete in a pass first football league. The game changed some 20 years ago. You don’t get it. You never will. You are boring. And you will never win a Super Bowl. I doubt you’ll see an NFC championship game. And if you do, you’ll lose that. One would think an always running football team would at least have a running back. One astute blogger allowed Michael “THE BURNER” Turner must have concrete blocks on his cleats. Can’t run the sweep and can’t run between the tackles against champion caliber teams. But we run it ’till we are blue in the face. Run right on out of the playoffs. Ryan could pass for 300, 400 yards a game if turned loose. Lastly, football is entertainment. This team is boring and predictable. Turn it loose. Air it out. At least look like you are trying to WIN the football game! That’s all a fan wants out of his team’s coach. If you don’t have the talent to play that style of football — get it. If that is not in your nature or make up — sell insurance for a career…

ALame

December 28th, 2010
2:47 am

for those players who stomped on the Falcons’ logo and took pictures at midfield after the game are the real losers…..childish and unsportsmanship behavior…

KontheEastside

December 28th, 2010
3:01 am

“DB Brian Williams if he lays Drew Breeze square on his azz like Vangorder designed the scheme the Falcons would have easily won this game” I repeat do not throw this “Blitzindg defense away”-

Lo and behold we went passive if everyone looks at the game winning drive by the aint’s you will see straight zone coverage the blitzing went bye bye.

It’s very obvious to me and the whole world Turner the Burner tires are going flat, think Draft now…We need a fire starter Norwood is well missed, moving on our superstar cornerback is not a star D.Robinson has no Int’s zip -Grimes Mighty Mouse get’s beat constantly on slant routes so does Robinson.It’s toilet paper at corner out there holding up a leak there service-able not elite.nt
Sherod Rowdy White- where was he besides the TD slant…Jenkins stepped up his game today.Harry no show Douglass..Tony Gonzalez was absent..

The offensive game plan to me looked flat I hope they were saving the best meals for tor the playoff’s, they looked like they had no swagger.I would love to see Matty Ice stay in the sugar huddle he work’s best without that lard back there running smack into his offensive linemen Turner best days were before he hurt his knee last year now he runs timid.

WHERE’the Burn Burner..I hope this was a dummy offense -we need to draft some speed for this Matt Ryan Kid. The only hope for this Defense is to keep blitzing.

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JIM ritchey

December 28th, 2010
3:45 am

if frogs had wings they wouldnt hit their butt when they jump

JIM ritchey

December 28th, 2010
3:53 am

unbelievable. a bunch of ungrateful, hypercritical fans. your team is 12 and 3 the best record in the nfc and your’e whining about play selection. OMG i would kill to have Turner as a running back! we support our team and players regardless of their individual plays such as drew’s bonehead pass in the 4th because we know he will recover and overcome. we have FAITH! in our saints. you should try some

Big Daddy

December 28th, 2010
5:24 am

This was a defensive struggle all night and all it was going to take was one or two miscuses and the team that took advantage of the miscues would win. That is what happened. This game never should have come down to whether we went for it on 4 and 6 with less than 3 minutes to play.

Hats off to the Falcons defense. They played a good game with constant pressure on Drew Brees but without the 4 or 5 almost sacks, they did not rattle Brees. They did put pressure on him and make him do two major miscues. One led to a touchdown. The other one did not. Coach Smith PLEASE do not stop with the blitzes. They gave the Falcons a chance to win and hurried the quarterback. The prevent defense has only allowed the quarterback to sit back there and wait for someone to get open. With more practice, we will get the 4 – 6 sacks a game and keep the quarterback rattled.

The offense just did not have it tonight. Although the announcers did not show it or mention it, White and Gonzales were almost completely shut down in the 2nd half. The Saints saw the same thing we have seen in our last 8 games. Matt depends way too much on hitting White or Gonzales too much. If you take them out of the picture, Matt has to throw to Jenkins, Douglas and Finneran or one of the back out of the backfield. I don’t remember seeing one screen or end around tonight by our offense. They did not mix it up enough and Ryan had to improvise more. I don’t know how we fix that in the time we have left before the playoffs but I assure you all of the teams we might play watched this game and they will try to take Roddy and Tony out of the game plan so we better either come up with some plays that get them open, even when they are being double teamed, find a way to get our back involved without just doing handoffs or it will be a short stint in the playoffs for us.

To our credit, if we score when Burner fumbled or we did not give them the short field with the bad snap, it would probably be a different story. However, they are probably thinking if Drew did not get that attempted floater and Davis got it or Abraham tipped the ball the beatdown would have been worse. Winning tonight’s game would have made a great statement. Losing the game should show what we need to improved to make us better for the playoffs. GO Falcons!!!!

Mohd

December 28th, 2010
6:07 am

Matt did not make the plays today. He had an opportunity to put this game to bed after Abraham’s interception and didnt manufacture any points! If he has ambitions to lead the Falcons to the Superbowl this season, he must STEP UP and MAKE winining PLAYS. The defense bailing out the offense is becoming a pattern for the Falcons and that is bound to result in elimination came playoff. Matt: forget the past; start making big and critical plays that win games!

JASon

December 28th, 2010
6:22 am

“I know we weren’t as efficient on third down like we have been. We’ve been a very good third down football team.”

Great. So what. Maybe if you weren’t so vanilla on 1st and 2nd down, you wouldn’t need to rely on third downs. The other team knows what’s coming.

Chop Buster

December 28th, 2010
7:09 am

The Aints shut down the Falcons offense because it doesn’t have one. Run Turner, run Turner, and try to run Turner again. WTF are they going to learn Turner is NOT a good running back? Stop his feet and you stop him. Fine. But then we have no other plays in the book? We can’t take advantage of Abraham’s interception to put points on the board? Mike&Mike…one of them is being very stubborn and taking the wind out of our guys. If they think they’re going into the playoffs with this offense (run game mentality) and win they’ll be gone by the first round–AGAIN!!! Very disappointing that we did this to ourselves. The Aints didn’t beat us, we beat ourselves from mistake after mistake.

Chop Buster

December 28th, 2010
7:14 am

Oh and this team needs to hit the tackling dummy everyday–because they can’t seem to tackle Brees when he’s right there for the taking. Williams misses all night long. Moore misses him as well. Shoot, no one seemed to be able to wrap him up and snatch him to the ground except Abraham.

joe

December 28th, 2010
7:33 am

after giving up a 6 minute 90 yard drive in their last defensive series why did Smith have the impression that the Falcons were going to be able to get the ball back? They got it with under 3 minutes left and they have to figure it’s 4 down territory no matter what yard line they are on. The playoffs require a more aggressive mind set than Smith and Malarky have. You can’t beat the really good teams playing scared. Hopefully this will teach them something. ( remember the 4th and 1 on Pitts. 5 yard line the first game of the year? kick a tying field goal and lose in overtime. Win the game, instead of playing not to lose…..)

Michael

December 28th, 2010
7:35 am

Both teams played what I thought was one of the premier games of the season. My hats off to both sides – and don’t forget, we will, most likely, see the Saints again in a few weeks in the playoffs.

The Falcons did one thing last night that they have not done all season long: They lost the time of possession battle. They did not control the clock like they have all season. I think this is something they must get back in control of, or this will be a short playoff season for us.

Otherwise – even though they were on the losing side – it was a fanastic game. I enjoyed every minute of it until NO made that last first down.

Oh – and the ref’s really blew some major calls last night that cost us. Just an observation – not an excuse.

Turner, the ballerina

December 28th, 2010
7:41 am

Michael Turner ran like a wuss last night. Man up MT and hit somebody!

STRETCH

December 28th, 2010
7:47 am

Why run your ship right slap into the eye of the storm when you navigate around it?? Too much of this in the NFL, too many STUBBORN coaches. I would prefer my chances stringing it out, atleast that way its my running back against maybe 2 or 3 defenders instead of 8.

You mean to tell me that at the goal line and ready to score, you dont have another play designed besides Turner into the brick wall two straight plays? They probably would have ran it three straight plays if he hadnt a fumbled!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mike is back

December 28th, 2010
7:50 am

DLed, Great Breakdown of the events that unfolded in the game…IT WAS A GREAT GAME…BUT BAD OUT COME IF YOU’RE A BIRD FAN.

I’m with MSmith it’s time to move on the Panthers…we win that game…AND WE WILL GET ANOTHER SHOT AT THEM Aints. lol

GO BIRDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

GregKennesaw

December 28th, 2010
7:52 am

Bart’s boy,
you’re an idiot, this run first team is 13-2 best in the NFC, they just lost a game by 3 points against a pass happy team, you moron

GregKennesaw

December 28th, 2010
7:55 am

Chop buster,

we made 2 mistakes dude, lost by 3 points, you guys kill me, you act like this was the end of the world. We are 13-2, play carolina at home next week, for NFC South title, home field, No#1 seed.

c’mon man

ctfalconsfan

December 28th, 2010
7:56 am

13-3 and NFC Champs with home field throughout play-offs!!!

ctfalconsfan

December 28th, 2010
8:02 am

Beating the aints would have been nice but then beating Carolina we’d have gone into playoffs with a 10 game winning streak. Probably a little too confident, complacent, etc.. So I nice punch in the mouth to show us where we need improvement might be a good thing heading into the playoffs..

- Defense played great!! Offense, 1 TD , 2 TO, very poor showing…

Nothing Changes

December 28th, 2010
8:11 am

Unfortunately everything this team does is based on the “play not to lose” mentality. The coaches are happy with it and A. Blank either doesn’t recognize it or doesn’t know any better. They won’t continue to blitz. Heck , they STOPPED blitzing on N.O.’s last drive. The offense will continue to SHUT DOWN after we get a 3 point league. The coaches are good enough to keep their jobs but not good enough to win the big ones.

Sid

December 28th, 2010
8:16 am

So we split the season………..the Saints didn’t look like champions last night either. We had the talent and team to beat them (again) and we shot ourselves in the foot. But that’s ok because if we have to see them again in the playoffs I know we will win. I would not want to have to beat them 3 times in a season, nor would they us. I have no problem with the officiating last night except for the ref calling interference on both players, the ref had to call the interference on the Saints because everyone saw it but then to add interference on both players was a clear intention to negate the play………..a drive killer. We abandoned the running game so early and I am not sure why, you have to keep pounding to put a defense down. Would have liked to seen some passes to Finn but I guess he has to be on the field to accomplish that. Anyway, as a NFL fan a pretty good game, as a Falcons fan it was theirs for the taking and they didn’t do it. Let’s focus on Carolina, time to move on and finish this march to N Collins St, Arlington, TX Feb. 6th.

Sid

December 28th, 2010
8:19 am

ctfalconsfan

December 28th, 2010
8:02 am
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Exactly, this was the right team and right time to punch us up!

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Personal note to Todd McClure: What was that?

Martin

December 28th, 2010
8:20 am

The falcants and their fans are who we thought they were, pretenders. Your team lose and most of you guys jump off the wagon. I would really hope that you guys stop with the super bowl stuff. Your team has not won a thing yet. You have to win the super bowl to be remembered as champions. Now you guys get to watch that loss on espn all day, remember to tune in folks. You guys have a nice day.

cg

December 28th, 2010
8:23 am

all falcons fans who are constantly calling the saints “aints”, keep hating
cause the falcants have won nothing, proven nothing & until you win a superbowl, keep
dreaming. at least the saints WON their super bowl. the season starts now.
keep hating

Bug

December 28th, 2010
8:35 am

As Parcells says…”You are what you are.” We are 12-3, everything else is fellowship of the miserable chatter. Many mistakes made, and the Falcons know what they are. We don’t have to remind them. No emotional let down against Carolina and we will be the #1 seed, same as winning the game against the Saints. Focus on the Panthers.

WHO DAT!

December 28th, 2010
8:36 am

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

You sorry @ss Falcons fans brought back to reality.

WHO DAT BABY!!!!!

Mike is back

December 28th, 2010
8:39 am

Yo cg…WHAT’S UP WITH THEM aINTs. LOL

FalconUGAFan

December 28th, 2010
8:39 am

Say what you want Saints fans…you won bragging rights last nights, but there are plenty of us that love our team and will support them win or lose. Lombardi or no. I’m proud of these guys.

JT

December 28th, 2010
8:40 am

So what if the Saints stomped on your logo. The FalCants should have played the same game they played all year and beat us up. Blame Roddy White for that gesture by the Saints. For the most part we in South Louisiana ignored the ignorant remarks of Roddy White earlier in the week. He did not live here through the tough times after those storms, so he and most of you have no clue. The folks in my town shrugged off his stupid comments. I guess the stomp was our way of paying back that ignorant dude for his inhumane comments. As far as the Super Bowl goes you folks should come and take a look at the Vince Lombardi trophy that we own or maybe the Saints could have shown you all their Super Bowl rings after the game last night. We have what you want in Atl! Most folks are cool here if we don’t go back to the Big Bowl Game. I love the way Atl is feeding off the Saints success. You want it so bad because we have it and you can’t stand it!

Big Ray

December 28th, 2010
8:46 am

Not mad at my Birds, even though we GAVE the Saints that game. Nobody had us winning 12 games this season, let alone taking this division, which we will STILL do.

Key plays that killed us:

1. Double pass interference call that nullified a 29 yard Roddy White catch. Refs just plain F’ed that up.

2. Michael Jenkins offensive pass intereference. He’s guilty, plain and simple.

3. Todd McClure botching the snap. Freak accident, but it was a killer.

4. Turner fumble.

That’s the difference in the game, really.

Not mad at my Birds though. Still proud. Now go and beat down those Panthers and take what is ours.

mark

December 28th, 2010
8:46 am

Hey martin F U LOVE THE FALCONS.

WHO DAT!

December 28th, 2010
8:52 am

Big Ray

The Falcants didn’t GIVE anything to the Saints. The Saints came into your POS dome and TOOK IT!

Deal with it.

joewhite

December 28th, 2010
8:59 am

Hey great win for the saints that was a great game period. Sunday we will beat carolina and maybe we will see the saints again for the nfc title game. We 1-1 on the year,GO FALCONS

drew

December 28th, 2010
9:06 am

Very entertaining game. Falcon D was more aggressive than I’ve seen them all year. Offense was more vanilla than I’ve seen them all year. Decision to punt was a mistake…we had just given up a long drive and the defense was tired. At that point in the game, I think we have a better chance of converting a 4th and 6, than forcing a 3-and-out.

BTW, Michael Turner is not built to run to sideways…he’s built to run down hill…too much lateral movement last night.

The Falcons will be fine as long as they take care of Carolina next week. As a matter of fact, this loss might be a good thing…a little reality check heading into post-season play.

And looking ahead, if the Falcons secure the 1-seed and the Saints end up a 5 seed, the Saints will go to St. Louis or Seattle for their wild card game. And if they win (and the 6th seed loses), guess who the Falcons get first round?

Buckle your chin, strap, strap, strap…

tom

December 28th, 2010
9:07 am

Coaches lost this game. Offense was horrible due to the play calling. It was obvious early that neither team could do much running the ball. New Orleans went to Plan B and started passing more. Although they did not get many points doing this, they were able to gain time of possession stats. The Falcons continued to run with little results. You must change up when your plan is not working. Coach Smith blew it late with the punt. How embarrassing. This loss gives New Orleans the upper hand if they come again to the
Dome in the playoffs. Coaches should openly admit they blew it instead of talking around the failure of their game plan and inability to change it.

stendek

December 28th, 2010
9:15 am

Only long time Falcon followers understand how truly depressing and devastating this defeat at the Georgia Dome was. This setback has far reaching implications. Goes far deeper than simply a tough loss to a decent team. Far deeper…

http://stendek77.wordpress.com/2010/12/28/falcon-offense-no-show-in-home-loss-to-saints/

Fans with the team since 1966 know exactly what I mean. :( :( :( :( STENDEK

derek brown

December 28th, 2010
9:17 am

COULDA, SHOULDA, WOULDA…..THE SAINTS ARE A MISSED CHIP-SHOT FIELD GOAL IN OT TO BE 2-0 AGAINST THE FALCONS THIS SEASON. THE SAINTS WERE SURE AS HELL CLOSER TO WINNING GAME 1 THAN THE BIRDS WERE OF WINNING GAME 2. SURE TURNER FUMBLED BUT BREES THREW THE TD INTERCEPTION…OH WELL

mountain_jim

December 28th, 2010
9:18 am

I agree that play calling and continuing to run into 8-10 man fronts cost the game. Where were the screens to Snelling, some misdirection plays? Ryan was not comfortable in pocket, timeing was off. Screens and rollouts would counteract that. I blame Mularkey, and Smith for wanting him to call it that way.